As you probably know by now, The Analog Kid lives for b-sides and non-album cuts. In this continuing series, I will share some of my favorite EPs and 12″ singles from over the years in their entirety. And since it’s digital, you don’t have to worry about correctly setting the turntable speed to 33⅓ or 45!
The Who began their 50th anniversary tour last week, and of course I had to take a peek at the set list– after all, I won’t be seeing them until late April when they come to Texas for three shows. I’m not going to give anything anyway, but trust me when I say that it might just be the best set list in the history of set lists. I’ve been on a major Who kick lately as a result, and yesterday I spent a large chunk of the day converting my Roger Daltrey 12″ singles to digital.
It may surprise you to know that Roger has released some great solo stuff in his career. A lot of Daltrey’s solo material has a very different sound than The Who, but he fully embraced his band’s legacy on 1985’s Under A Raging Moon. The album was released right around the time I became a Who fanatic, and it is still a favorite of mine. Pete Townshend’s White City: A Novel came out right about the same time, and you can check out one of my older blogs about these two albums here:
The title track from Under A Raging Moon is a tribute to the late Keith Moon, and it features seven different drummers during the extended break: Martin Chambers, Roger Taylor, Cozy Powell, Stewart Copeland, Zak Starkey, Carl Palmer, and Mark Brzezicki. Keith Moon was actually Zak Starkey’s godfather, and gave Zak his first drum kit when he was only eight years old. Zak was twenty when he played on “Under A Raging Moon,” and of course he would eventually get behind the kit full-time for The Who. Zak was absent the last time I saw The Who a few years ago due to illness, but he’s back now and I can’t wait to see him play again on this tour. He’s not Keith Moon– who is?– but he’s not Kenney Jones, either, and he’s easily the best replacement The Who have ever used.
I ripped the 12″ single for “Under A Raging Moon” last night, and I was amazed at how good it sounded. Both “Under A Raging Moon” and “Move Better In The Night” sound infinitely better than they do on my CD copy of the album, and the live Who songs (recorded during a very brief solo tour by Daltrey in late 1985) are a nice treat as well.
I leave you with one last thought: how in the hell am I going to make it until April to see The Who? They encored with “Naked Eye” the other night. “Naked Eye!” This is going to be a LONG five months…
Roger Daltrey: Under A Raging Moon [U.K. 12″]
10 Records/Virgin, 1986
Vinyl rip courtesy of the Analog Kid
1. “Under A Raging Moon” (John Parr/Julia Downes)
2. “Move Better In The Night” (Chris Thompson/Stevie Lange/Roger Daltrey/Robbie McIntosh)
3. “Behind Blue Eyes/5:15” [Live] (Pete Townshend)
The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.
The Who: “Naked Eye” (Pete Townshend)
From the album Odds & Sods
Track Records, 1974